I’ve immensely enjoyed my meals the couple times I’ve been to Sokyo – it’s actually one of my favourite (and often recommended) restaurants.
I was in delighted disbelief when I heard they were now serving breakfast (all locally sourced of course)!
Sokyo caters for a full continental breakfast buffet, as well as having an a la carte menu.
Amongst the goodies baked in-house, there was a soba stand, fresh honey from the comb (you can see it in the top left photo!), sashimi, and cereal.
Everything looked so delicious, fresh, and were very prettily presented (which was kept that way too in spite of the waves of hungry breakfasters).
I wanted to try everything at the buffet… only I got seriously distracted by the a la carte menu.
But first: drinks! We started off with a double macchiato and Green Lemon Honey iced tea for F, the standard Earl Grey and a White Peach iced tea for me.
The Purple fruit smoothie (back right) consisted of blueberries, acai berries, agave, and milk; oh my goodness, it was so good! Creamy, sweet with a touch of tart, and not at all heavy.
While you can really taste the green tea in the Green Lemon Honey, I preferred the refreshingly bright taste of my White Peach with its concoction of lemon juice, blood peach, and white tea.
The eggs benedict consisted of streaky bacon (glazed with maple and agave syrup), a poached egg, edamame, brioche, and miso hollandaise sauce.
F and I have been on the (rather lazy) hunt for the best eggs benedict and we would have to say that this tops our list. F even went to say that our hunt may possibly be over!
All the components were in perfect harmony, in flavour and texture – sweet, savoury, creamy, crisp, soft – and the sauce was surprisingly light as well.
I can’t decide what I loved most about this dish: the light and tangy, slightly salty hollandaise, the candied bacon, gooey egg, or sweet brioche. Maybe the candied bacon because… well, it’s candied bacon and a fabulous one at that.
When we stayed at a pension in Appi, Japan last year, our breakfast were quite similar to this: grilled fish of the day (salmon), onsen 63-degree poached egg in soy sauce, miso soup, steamed Hokkaido Yumepirika rice, nori, Japanese pickles, and a side of edamame beans.
Man, this dish seriously took us back to those Appi days – the flavours were pretty much spot-on to what we had each morning and made us miss Japan so much.
I loved how the fish was presented too and was told that it was stacked skin-side up to represent the Japanese mountains. Love it!
We weren’t too sure how to eat the egg, so it was lucky that Alex was there to look after us.
He told us to break the egg, wrap a bit of rice and salmon in the nori, then dip it into the eggy goo. Bliss.
The pancakes were served with banana purée, Nutella, walnut crumb, and fresh fruit… oh and of course generous lashings of maple syrup.
While this was a perfectly great dish, I felt it was a bit overshadowed by all the other fantastic dishes.
Interestingly, F disagreed and found the curry udon to be the weakest.
I adored the heartiness of this Japanese beef curry soup with pork neck, potato, and thick noodles; another dish that sent me back to Japan. Gah, so good.
The Chef’s omelette of the day had flakes of salmon within and was accompanied by an insanely light and creamy crème fraiche.
The omelette was so fluffy and well-seasoned and I know this sounds really weird, but it was immensely satisfying to see it so neatly folded over.
The full continental buffet, an “a la carte” dish and a tea or a coffee costs $38, while just the buffet itself with tea / coffee is $28. Or if the buffet is too much for the morning, an “a la carte” dish, a tea or a coffee, plus a juice from the buffet is $22.50.
I’m not really a morning or breakfast person (I’m definitely more of an owl with late night snacking), but for Breakfast by Sokyo, I’d gladly wake up early and break my fast on these amazing dishes.
F and I were in full agreement: best breakfast, hands down, in a very, very long time. So much so, that he’s bringing his fixie boys to Sokyo on the weekend after their city mash ride!
es&t dined as a guest of Access PR and Sokyo
Level G, The Darling, The Star
80 Pyrmont Street
Pyrmont, NSW, 2009
Ph: (02) 9657 9161